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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Silver Lake: No Loss of Power:
A day of high winds: Power outages and downed trees hit region on Friday
Mark Gutman, Daily News -- A tree, utility pole, and wires created
a mess on Friday afternoon on W. Main St. in LeRoy.
The road was closed from West Ave. to Clay St.
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School, home and work — Village residents of LeRoy were going about their normal daily activities about noon Friday when the lights flickered and died — and they were by no means alone.

The high winds which passed through Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties left numerous people without electricity, with several reports of downed trees and wires.

The winds were part of unsettled weather which occurred as a cold front arrived in the area. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued about 7:30 a.m. for portions of Genesee and Orleans counties as the initial weather system passed through.

Winds picked up soon afterward — not a surprise, since the weather had been forecast by the National Weather Service in Buffalo and a high wind warning was in effect.

As of about 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, a total of 2,436 people were without power in Le Roy, according to National Grid’s outage map. An additional 821 people lacked electricity in Oakfield.

Lesser outages were scattered throughout the area, including 103 people in Attica, and smaller numbers in Albion, Bethany, Orangeville, Shelby and Wethersfield.

Downed trees were also reported in Elba and Le Roy — typical occurrences for a spring Western New York windstorm.

The winds tapered off Friday night, with temperatures falling back to more-seasonal 40s and 50s, compared to the balmy 60s and 70s the area experienced earlier this week.

More showers were expected through Sunday night, with a potential rain/snow mix at the very end, according to the National Weather Service Buffalo. The weather is then forecast to clear on Monday.

No injuries were reported during Friday’s winds.

By MATT SURTEL, msurtel@batavianews.com

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